Dioner Navarro: “This pig is going to live like a fricking princess in my house”

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Yoenis Cespedes bought a $7,000 hog and sent it to a butcher, raising the ire of PETA and causing everyone else to fantasize about ribs and pulled pork. Dioner Navarro of the White Sox, however, wanted people to know that his relationship with pigs is considerably different.

Navarro tells Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he got a micro pig named Sassy for his wife. And it’s in no danger of going off to the micro butcher. “This pig is going to live like a fricking princess in my house,” he said. Navarro, his wife and kids know from treating animals well. Hayes reports that they have a French bulldog, a bearded dragon, a Nigerian Uromastyx, a chinchilla and a cat.

I approve of the cat. The rest sound like a lot of work, but whatever floats your boat.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.